Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, a top commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen group and a successor of former leader Burhan Wani, was killed in an encounter in Tral in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. Bhat was among the two terrorists gunned down by security forces in Saimough village in the area. The encounter began late Friday night when the security forces and terrorists were involved in a brief gunfight. Later, as the terrorists took shelter in the village, the CRPF and the army laid a cordon around the village and began attempts to flush the terrorists. One more terrorist is believed to be holed up in his hideout.
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Stone pelting incidents have been reported in some parts of south Kashmir including Tral in Pulwama and Khanabal in Anamtnag district, an official told PTI. The law enforcing agencies are on the job to chase away the protestors.
In a separate incident, six terrorists attempting an infiltration were killed by security forces along the Line of Control in Rampur sector in Jammu and Kashmir. An army official told PTI that the troops had noticed suspicious movement along the LoC in the early hours. A firefight then broke out between the army and the infiltrators resulting in the death of six terrorists. A search operation is ongoing in the area.
The killing of Burhan Wani in July last year in south Kashmir had sparked protests and violence for many months in the Valley.